Public speaking: Useful phrases

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    Transcript: Useful phrases for public speaking

    In this next exercise, we’ll practise some useful phrases for making a short speech. First, you will hear a phrase. In the pause, repeat this phrase. Try to copy the speaker’s intonation.

    We’ll start with some phrases to help you organize the contents of your speech. Ready? Here’s the first one. Listen and repeat.

    • I’d like to take this opportunity to say a few words.

    • There are three key points I’d like to to cover sth.hier: etw. behandelncover.

    • There is one important thing I’d like to mention.

    • And now, last but not least…

    OK, good. In this next section, we’ll practise some phrases for saying thank you. Again, listen and repeat.

    • I would like to thank everyone.

    • A big thank you to everyone.

    • There are several people I need to thank.

    • on behalf ofim Namen vonOn behalf of the organization, I would like to thank you all.

    Excellent. Now, we’ll practise some phrases for describing success. Ready? Listen and repeat.

    • This has been a very successful period.

    • You have been very successful.

    • We have to achieve sth.etw. erreichenachieved a great deal.

    • You should be proud of your achievementLeistung, Erfolgachievements.

    OK. Now, finally, we’ll practise some phrases for talking about the future. Listen and repeat.

    • I to look forward to sth.sich auf etwas freuenlook forward to even more success next year.

    • I wish you all the best in the future.

    • Let’s take this success forward into the future.

    • I’m confident we can be even more successful in the future.

    Good. Well done. Go back and practise this exercise a number of times until you feel completely confident about using these phrases. You will hear one or two of them used in context in our next exercise.


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